Address by His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on the Occasion of Signing of the Year 2016 Appropriation Law on Monday 4th January, 2016

Address by His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on the Occasion of Signing of the Year 2016 Appropriation Law on Monday 4th January, 2016

Let me start by welcoming everybody to this epoch-making event in the life of this administration, the signing into Law of our first Full-Year Budget.

Today, being the first working day of 2016 marks the signing into Law “the Peoples Budget” of N662.588billion. The 2016 Appropriation Law is our article of faith with Lagosians and has been tailored towards the realization of our mission of delivering on our promise of “Lagos Works for all” no matter your Age, Gender, Tribe or Status.

The Y2016 budget of N662.588bn will enable our government focus on the present challenges of security, traffic gridlock resolution including physical and social infrastructural development which has thrown up new challenges quite different from our past experience.

The total revenue estimated for 2016 fiscal year is N542.873Billion which shows that the balance of N119.714billion will be funded through deficit financing.

The Capital Expenditure is N386,933bn and Recurrent Expenditure of N275,655bn with an aggregate Capital to Recurrent ratio  of 58:42.

I want to recognize the expeditious attention given to the passage of this Bill into Law by Honourable Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly under the dynamic leadership of our Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.  This is no mean feat considering the long hours spent and meticulous scrutiny provided on this Budget by the House Committee on Appropriation.

We recognize that this period is very challenging, considering the dwindling Federal Allocations due to falling crude oil prices. However, ours is a budget that will be driven by Internally Generated Revenue.

Consequently, I appeal to all Tax Payers to fulfil their civic obligations as we promise to leave no stone unturned in delivering value for every Kobo spent.

In conclusion, I will commend this Budget to all Lagosians and enjoin them to continue collaborating with us in building the Lagos of our dreams.

Thank you and God bless Lagos State.

Have a great Year ahead.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo je wa l’ogun!!!

 

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

4th January, 2016

Welcome Address By His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Held on Sunday 3rd January, 2016 at Lagos House, Ikeja

Welcome Address By His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Held on Sunday 3rd January, 2016 at Lagos House, Ikeja

We are gathered this evening in thanksgiving to God Almighty for the grace to witness the beginning of 2016. This annual thanksgiving service has become a tradition where we come together to seek the face of God for the continuous peace and prosperity of our dear State.

This service is an acknowledgement of the overriding power of God in the affairs of men and the need for us to trust in His grace and benevolence as a government and as a people.

As a nation, we witnessed in 2015, for the first time ever, a smooth and peaceful transition from one civilian government to another. Against all predictions of anarchy and possible unrest, there was a reversal of roles as the ruling party became the opposition and the opposition became the ruling party.

The fact that we are gathered here is enough proof that we are covered under the banner of God’s grace and that He surely answers prayers when He is called upon.

It is with this abiding faith we call on Him as we commence another journey in 2016. In this year, despite the bleak economic outlook predicted in many quarters, Lagos State will grow in leaps and bounds and take its rightful place amongst the major City-States of the World. Our youths will become gainfully employed; our young girls and women will be protected and encouraged to give their best; our entrepreneurs will experience a boom and our State will work for everyone.

We are determined and God willing, we shall achieve all inclusive progress and prosperity.

I would like to specially appreciate all our religious and spiritual leaders for their ceaseless prayers and intercessions for us as a people and government.

Indulge me to specially acknowledge our father in the Lord, Daddy G. O. and Mummy Folu Adeboye, for their commitment in the service of the Lord through persistent exhortations and prayers.

On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I welcome you all to the Annual Thanksgiving Service and, in the spirit of the season, I wish everyone a prosperous and fulfilling 2016.

God bless you.

Itesiwaju Ilu Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

3rd January, 2016.

Lagos Will Grow in Leaps and Bounds, Despite the Bleak Economic Predictions

Lagos Will Grow in Leaps and Bounds, Despite the Bleak Economic Predictions

…As Adeboye Urges Nigerians To Move Closer To God

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday said the outcome of the 2015 elections was an eloquent testimony of God’s love for Nigeria.

Governor Ambode said despite the predictions of anarchy and possible unrest, God showed His mighty hand upon Nigeria and for the very first time, the nation experienced a smooth and peaceful transition from one civilian government to another, and the ruling party became the opposition.

The Governor, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja during the 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service, also reassured Lagosians of the determination of his administration to work hard to achieve all-inclusive progress and prosperity for all in 2016.

Governor Ambode said despite the bleak economic outlook predicted in many quarters, Lagos State will grow in leaps and bounds and take its rightful place among the major city-states of the world.

He said: “Our youths will become gainfully employed. Our young girls and women will be protected and encouraged to give their best.”

“Our entrepreneurs will experience a boom and our State will work for everyone. We are determined and God willing, we shall achieve all-inclusive progress and prosperity,” Governor Ambode said.

Speaking on the essence of the Thanksgiving Service, Governor Ambode said: “We are gathered this evening in thanksgiving to the Almighty for the grace to witness the beginning of 2016. This annual thanksgiving has become a tradition where we come together to sing the praise of God for the continuous peace and prosperity of our dear State.”

“This service is an acknowledgment of the overriding power of God in the affairs of men and the need for us to trust in His grace and benevolence as a government and a people.”

“The fact the we are gathered here is enough proof that we are covered under the banner of the Lord’s grace and that He surely answers prayers when He is called upon. It is with this abiding faith that we call on Him as we commence another journey in 2016,” the Governor said.

He acknowledged the religious and spiritual leaders in the State for their ceaseless prayers and intercessions for the people and government.

He specially appreciated the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his wife for their commitment in the service of the Lord through persistent exhortations and prayers.

In his exhortation, Pastor Adeboye said despite the predictions for 2016 in the wake of the dwindling oil prices likely to result in loss of jobs, those connected to God can surmount these challenges.

He said those who seek to prosper in the New Year must take a stand to be closer to God.

Special prayers were offered at the service for the State and Nigeria by clergymen including Bishop Mike Okonkwo, His Eminence, Most Rev. Chukwuemaka Kalu Uche; Pastor Wole Oladiyun, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Archbishop Adewale Martins, Most Rev. E.A Ademowo, among others.

Bible reading at the service were read by Governor’s Ambode’s wife, Bolanle; Lagos State. Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola; Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs.) Lola. Akande, and Chairman of Conference of Executive Secretaries of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, Hon. Alabi Kolade David.

Gov. Ambode, His Wife, Bolanle, Pastor Adeboye at Year 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service At Lagos House, Ikeja

Gov. Ambode, His Wife, Bolanle, Pastor Adeboye at Year 2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service At Lagos House, Ikeja

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Wife of General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mrs. Foluke Adeboye and General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, arriving at the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

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Mother of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Christiana Oluleye Ambode; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor,Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke and Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor ,Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke Adeboye, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; his Wife, Pastor Mrs. Foluke Adeboye; Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule; her husband, Mr. Saheed Adebule and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, during the Y2016 Annual Thanksgiving Service at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Sunday, January, 2016.

Ambode’s Wife Counsels Mothers to Adhere to Six Months Exclusive Breastfeeding

Ambode’s Wife Counsels Mothers to Adhere to Six Months Exclusive Breastfeeding

…Present Gifts To First Babies Of The Year

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Friday urged nursing mothers to ensure they observe the mandatory exclusive breastfeeding period of six months, a feat she said if adhered to, will make their babies healthy and good looking.

Speaking at separate visits to Epe General Hospital, Ibeju Lekki General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital where she presented gifts to the first babies born in the early hours of the New Year, she said one of the greatest gifts of God to humanity is the birth of a new baby, just as she reminded that God does not forget or abandon his own.

“The birth of a new baby is no doubt a sign that God does not forget or abandon his own, hence his magnanimity in making people flourish by enabling and allowing new babies come into the earth” she said.

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She also congratulated the health family for the re-appointment of Dr. Jide Idris as the Commissioner for Health and Dr. Femi Onanuga as Special Adviser on Primary Healthcare, saying the duo are crusaders of change in the health sector.

Mrs. Ambode expressed optimism that their wealth of experience have been brought to bear in the delivery of qualitative healthcare and upgrade of facilities in the general hospitals and healthcare centres in the state.

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She also expressed gratitude to corporate organisations and individuals who have continued to support the health family over the years as part of their corporate social responsibility, just as she urged others to emulate the good gesture, which according to her would boost the health care delivery system in the state.

Mrs Ambode thereafter presented gifts to Mrs Amarachi Bright, who delivered a baby girl at Epe General Hospital at 12.01 am, Mrs Adeleke Abosede that also delivered a baby girl at exact 12:03am in Ibeju Lekki General Hospital and Mrs Okunowo Oluwakemi at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital to a baby boy at 12:01am.

She congratulated the parents and prayed that the babies would fulfill their destinies on earth just as she lauded the effort of National Population Commission (NPC) for their physical presence which added colour to the ceremony with the instant registration and issuance of birth certificate to the babies.

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Earlier at the event, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris and the Special Adviser on Primary Health Care, Dr Femi Onanuga, lauded the initiative of the First Lady to visit the Epe General Hospital and Ibeju Lekki General Hospital and urged all present to appreciate God for witnessing a great day like this.

They assured residents that they would not renege in their duty of ensuring safety for all in line with the mantra of the Governor Ambode-led administration.